Moms View Message Board: General Discussion: Archive November 2006:
I just talked to my DH and he told me not to answer my door to anyone coming around, which I don't anyways. His friend that he works with wife had this guy and girl knock on her door yesterday. She didn't answer and instead called our crime watch captain and they came and told them to move along and that there was no soloiciting in the nieighborhood. They left. My DH's friend's wife took the flier that they left on the door and called the number. The number wasn't even a real number. The flier said that they were a carpet cleaning service. My DH said that they are probably trying to stoke out houses to see which ones they can break in to. I have a frosted glass window, and I know they know I am home, especially with a kid, but I still don't answer my door. I will ask them to leave through the door though if they don't stop knocking.
Has anyone called the police? Just a visible patrol car in the neighborhood might be enough to scare them off.
That is scary. I am so paranoid about that kind of stuff. It's good that you are aware.
My brother had a guy pretend to deliver pizza to his place and acted like he had the wrong address. When my brother tried to help him find the right address, he was real stand-offish. They just wanted to see if anyone was home. My brother has a thousand guns in his house, including a 50 caliber rifle, silencers, etc. (He is just really into guns.) So, he got an alarm system for 30$ a month. 5 houses in his neighborhood were robbed...how sad is that? I think they realize that people travel a long way to work in the DC area so they hit all the surrounding towns knowing that they are all commuters. They steal things in broad daylight!
I don't know if the police have been called yet, but if they come to my door, the police will be called for sure.
When we were living in a home development, we would have people like this come to our door all the time. One time a guy came to our door with a vacuum. I looked through the window and shook my head at him. He said, "Don't be afraid, I just want to vacuum your rugs." LOL, oh okay, now I'll let you in. I don't think so! After that, we put up a "No solicitation" sign and they stopped knocking.
I hope this guy stays away from your home.
Back last spring, I had this young man come to our door knocking one morning around 11 a.m. I was home alone with sick dd. He had a winter stocking cap pulled down over his ears so I couldn't see the color of his hair, long sleeves and holy-kneed jeans. It was 75 degrees out that day. He asked to use the phone. I looked around and so no car anywhere in our neighborhood. I said NO. He walked down our driveway, started down the street, cut across our neighbor's yard to a side street, started running as he was about halfway across their yard, and disappeared. I called the sheriff's dept while I was watching him walk away. They were out here in about 5 minutes but he was no where to be seen. Scared me silly.